A 2007 study found that Lebanese spent an average of 49 minutes a day, about 12 days each month reading books.
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Of the 1,000 Lebanese polled, 44 percent spent an average of 31 minutes a day perusing newspapers and magazines and 50 minutes a day reading online. They spent an average of 49 minutes about 12 days each month reading books. Najwa Sahmarani was shocked when she read the six-minute stat in a 2011 Arab Thought Foundation report. "Seventy percent chose the answers either: 'I've never finished a book' or 'Before last year,'" Sahmarani recalls. Another 44 percent said they'd read more if part of a reading club or literary community, had easier access to books or received guidance on what to read. Sahmarani is not alone in her mission to promote casual reading in Lebanon.Citing the statistic that Arabs read "an average of six pages a year," Kleit explains that over 20 years, the association has been working to promote reading in Lebanon's public schools.Assabil provides support and expertise to 25 libraries across the country, as well as directly managing three libraries in Beirut and running two mobile collections that visit suburban schools.The paper found that "nonreaders" had on average read seven books a year before abandoning reading for pleasure, citing too little time, between the ages of 19 to 25 .
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